Mary Karr calls Lit “my journey from black belt sinner and lifelong
agnostic to unlikely Catholic." Following The Liars’ Club and Cherry,
this third installment of Karr’s memoirs chronicles her college years,
marriage, motherhood and becoming a college professor -- all achieved
while being an alcoholic. Her trip to the bottom and through rehab and
recovery are told with brutal honesty, dark humor and grace. Karr
overcomes a chaotic upbringing and a genetic disposition to addiction
and ultimately finds spiritual comfort in this painfully frank account.
Her sense of humor keeps this from becoming unbearably dark yet there is
never a doubt that she is in a fight for her life.
A Hudson Best Book of 2009
“Once you've read Mary Karr's The Liar's Club, how can you not read her latest to find out how it turns out? This fine American writer continues her journey through college, marriage, and young motherhood, offering her hard-won experience in recovery from depression and alcoholism.”
— Andy Lillich, University of Oregon Bookstore, Eugene, OR
The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback--Mary Karr's sequel to the beloved and bestselling The Liars' Club and Cherry "lassos you, hogties your emotions and won't let you go" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times).
Mary Karr's bestselling, unforgettable sequel to her beloved memoirs The Liars' Club and Cherry--and one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year--Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live.
The Boston Globe calls Lit a book that "reminds us not only how compelling personal stories can be, but how, in the hands of a master, they can transmute into the highest art." The New York Times Book Review calls it "a master class on the art of the memoir" in its Top 10 Books of 2009 Citation. Michiko Kakutani calls it "a book that lassos you, hogties your emotions and won't let you go" in her New York Times review. And Susan Cheever states, simply, that Lit is "the best book about being a woman in America I have read in years."
In addition to the New York Times, Lit was named a Best Book of 2009 by the New Yorker (Reviewer Favorite), Entertainment Weekly (Top 10), Time (Top 10), the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, Slate, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Seattle Times.